Growing defiance

More citizens ignoring federal law -- much like the federal government

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You may have heard the word “nullification” bandied about recently. It’s basically a fancy word for ignoring a law.

Juries sometimes do it, if they think enforcement of a law will result in an injustice. Merriam-Webster defines nullification as “the action of a state impeding or attempting to prevent the operation and enforcement within its territory of a law of the United States.”

And now, increasing numbers of sheriffs and others across the country are publicly saying they will engage in nullification if faced by federal gun or health-care laws they find unconstitutional.

Ignoring laws is rarely a good thing. We’d say never – but we’re reminded of Rosa Parks’ and other civil rights icons’ peaceful defiance of the immoral laws and customs of segregation.

An increasing number of folks are no less convinced that Washington is trampling on other civil rights.

Sheriffs in Idaho, Oregon and Texas have announced their intent not to go along with expected gun control laws. Other officials have said they won’t enforce the health-care law. A state representative in Tennessee wants to make it a crime to enforce gun or ammunition bans in that state.

And several hundred gathered at the South Carolina capitol recently for a “Nullify Obamacare” rally. They were promised efforts by several state officials to block “federal encroachment.”

There’s a proud tradition of states’ rights in South Carolina – exemplified not that long ago by the light bulb. When federal law began phasing out production of the incandescent light bulb, South Carolina lawmakers passed “The Light Bulb Freedom of Choice Act” to allow for its production and sale within the state, which Washington can’t prevent.

But nullification has rarely seen this much favor since the Civil War, and may only gain steam if Washington continues down the path of trying to run everyone’s lives.

Washington may have no one but itself to blame for the rise of the nullification movement – particularly the Obama administration, which has set the standard for ignoring the law.

It was this administration, after all, that decided not to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act. Even though the “Dream Act” can’t pass Congress, Mr. Obama “enacted” it via executive order – announcing that his administration would not deport illegal aliens who came here as minors. There is no such exception in the law.

His administration also announced that marijuana crimes would not be a “priority” – again, picking and choosing which laws to enforce.

When it appeared the defense industry might have to issue layoff notices to workers because of impending “sequestration” cuts just before the November election, the Obama administration encouraged contractors to ignore the law that seemed to require the notices.

The Obama administration also tried to block enforcement of state anti-voter-fraud laws last year.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Senate has failed to pass a budget as required by law the past four years – and the Obama administration has announced it won’t have a federal budget ready by the statutory deadline.

We don’t endorse the ignoring of laws. But if there’s a growing sentiment of defiance toward enforcement of federal laws in the land, Washington can’t exactly throw stones.

It has perfected the art.

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Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/28/13 - 04:06 pm
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Oh, great! Jeff Owens is back

to share and spread his love, joy, mutual respect and tolerance! Oh, happy day!

You betcha.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/28/13 - 04:07 pm
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Fiat....don't forget logic
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Fiat....don't forget logic and understanding.

twolane
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twolane 01/28/13 - 04:09 pm
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we have better guns than the ones we fight overseas
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High tides our sophisticated army is fighting farmers and goatherders using 50 year old weapons and cannot defeat them...arent even close to defeating them...we have better weapons than them so.....

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/28/13 - 04:33 pm
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Oh, Angela, about that logic and understanding...

He's never shown that, so there's no expectation on those two fronts.

What the man appears to have, for all intents and purposes, is an agenda, and Obummer is probably exactly what he wanted from forever. I would dare to estimate that nothing would make him happier than for all of "us people" to have it stuck to us eight ways from Sunday, while "them people" reap the harvest of wealth and property through the vengeance and reparation they so richly deserve by virtue of the accident of their own birth.

Darby
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Darby 01/28/13 - 04:41 pm
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"This piece is shameful and......

dangerous, fear evryone!

What do you recommend we do about "dangerous" articles like this? Oh! I know, we could build a nice fire and burn them, along with the books these radicals write.

KSL
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KSL 01/28/13 - 04:48 pm
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Internet thugs? Are they

Internet thugs? Are they remotely like Chicago thugs?

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Bizkit 01/28/13 - 04:49 pm
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Good point Fiat-much as I was

Good point Fiat-much as I was tryin' to make earlier-progressive Dems hate freedom just favor for the select. So don't be fooled that giving progressive Dems free reign wouldn't still produce a 1% wealthy and weak middle-class and more poor people. It is just who will be "favored". Discrimination to cure discrimination-just retarded isn't it? A frog could come up with a better solution-much as putting your head up yo-I mean in the sand and believe you can spend your way out of debt. I guess a country with weak minds will be weak. Now the Pres strategy is to just circumvent the other branches of govt by manipulating the masses to generate a mob rule demagoguery system-much like Hitler did coming to power actually. All the talk of infrastructure, blah, blah, blah is exactly what Hilter did. Now that isn't saying he is Hitler but just he appears to using that strategy, Alinski strategies, a marxist strategy, and very psychologically Machiavellian strategy too. Very manipulative.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 01/28/13 - 04:52 pm
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To my knowledge the only

To my knowledge the only people who ever talk about violence and threaten violence and civil disobedience are progressives like Godoy. Ironic isn't it?

Darby
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Darby 01/28/13 - 05:10 pm
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Angela - "Was it silly and dangerous when Rosa Parks.....

...defied the law by refusing to give up her seat on the bus?

Some folks thought so. Others, in the mold of Orval Faubus, Bull Connor, George Wallace and even Al Gore, Sr. were scared to death.

Now it's a case of liberal tyrants, abusing their power and growing noticeably uneasy at the resistance they are encountering. They are beginning to wonder, just how far can we push before reaching a flash point?

The Rev. King, Rosa Parks and that Civil Rights movement moved mountains with peaceful protests and legal actions. The current regime has demonstrated little respect for Constitutional law and for that reason, will likely not yield to benign efforts.

Still, that should be the first route taken by those wronged by an irresponsible government. Then, if government holds to a position that runs roughshod over the rights of its citizens and the Constitution, other means may become necessary.

If, in the final analysis, protection under the Constitution is denied to law abiding Americans, then it might be worth looking at the introduction to the Declaration of Independence.

In the words of my kids, "I'm just sayin'."

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/28/13 - 04:53 pm
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What makes one a thug by
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What makes one a thug by saying "you people." Please explain.

And why is the right to near arms "crap" while ms Parks rights are not. Again, owensjef, can you explain?

owensjef3
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owensjef3 01/28/13 - 06:00 pm
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Boy this is funny, and why
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Boy this is funny, and why did someone report me? I'm not for banning guns but I think background checks, Limit on Magazines and weapons of war is okay.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 01/28/13 - 05:08 pm
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Not true Bizkit, right winged
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Not true Bizkit, right winged groups have been collecting ammo and weapons every since President Obama first got elected.

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/28/13 - 05:14 pm
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Then you clearly didn't read
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Then you clearly didn't read the editorial. I didn't report you, but calling someone a thug for using simple english would certainly be a good reason.

Owensjef....do you consider an ar15 a weapon of war?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 01/28/13 - 05:16 pm
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If an ar15 is a weapon of
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If an ar15 is a weapon of war, then why does no army on the planet use them?

Darby
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Darby 01/28/13 - 05:30 pm
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" I not for banning guns but I think background....

....checks, Limit on Magazines and weapons of war is okay."

And as wrong as you are, (with the exception of background checks), I fought for and continue to support your right to express your confused opinion.

"....right winged groups have been collecting ammo and weapons every since President Obama first got elected."

Actually, it started long before that, several hundred years ago in fact. It's just that when a left wing anti-gun nut is elected to a position of power, people who have the ability to learn from history tend to take action to protect themselves and those they love.

When one is blinded by liberal hate, one is likely to attribute those protective actions as some sort of knee-jerk response to the object of their current adoration. In this case, the unaccomplished and incompetent (except in politics) Obama. Really, you give him too much credit for our actions.

In truth, most of us don't love guns all that much. However we do love the freedom they assure. Oh yes, and we certainly love the side benefit of hearing weak kneed liberal "progressives" whine endlessly about the danger of right wing nuts and their "ASSAULT"weapons.

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Willow Bailey 01/28/13 - 05:59 pm
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Okay, I admit, that comment

Okay, I admit, that comment wasn't very nice of me.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 01/28/13 - 05:57 pm
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Weak kneed liberal
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No just stating a true fact , not whining and not worried.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/28/13 - 06:00 pm
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I took it down; what else do

I took it down; what else do you want?

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 01/28/13 - 06:03 pm
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The bottom line on all this nonsense

is that we need--desperately--to require voters to pass a test on citizenship and the basics of our Constitution every decade or so in order to be able to vote in a national election.

Then we'd stop having all these idiots who know nothing and care nothing about our nation out of the picture when it comes to making important decisions.

If we don't see fit to allow children to vote, then why in this day of so much dependency, ignorance and illiteracy have we decided that simply turning 18 automatically means a person is better educated, more reasonably informed and more knowledgeable about the basic responsibilities of citizenship than an 8th grader at a reasonably decent school is?

I would put most of the 8th graders I know up against 50% of the voters in Richmond County any day of the week, and I guarantee you, those 8th graders would never have voted some of our yo-yos into office, from the county level right on up to the presidency.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/28/13 - 06:08 pm
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fiat, that is a good idea,

fiat, that is a good idea, but you are dreaming. If the democratic politicians won't allow voter ID's, you think they'll ever agree to voter testing? I seriously doubt many of "them people" could pass. Meanwhile "us people" are stuck with trying to hold them off as best we can.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 01/28/13 - 06:10 pm
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This is just wrong
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"we need--desperately--to require voters to pass a test on citizenship and the basics of our Constitution every decade or so in order to be able to vote in a national election. "
I thought we settled this one in 1965

owensjef3
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owensjef3 01/28/13 - 06:12 pm
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Some of ya'll think way to
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Some of ya'll think way to much of yourselves.

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/28/13 - 06:17 pm
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That's one way to look at it.

That's one way to look at it. And another... if you have no confidence in yourself why should anyone else have any?

Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 01/28/13 - 06:30 pm
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You know what just confuses

You know what just confuses me completely, owensjeff?

Those people in our government that want to limit or remove the rights of American citizens to bear arms are the same group that knowingly and willingly put major weaponry in the hands of street criminals and our military enemies. How many innocent people will be killed by that and nobody cares?

Now, I don't know about you, but I just can't bring myself to trust those kinds of people.

KSL
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KSL 01/28/13 - 06:44 pm
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OJ

The Feds under obama have also been buying up ammunition. Can you suggest a reason the Social Security admin needs thousands and thousands of rounds? Are they afraid of the old and the disabled?

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harley_52 01/28/13 - 07:15 pm
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The TSA Just Submitted A RFP...

...for a contractor to provide seven thousand select-fire (semi/fully automatic) "assault" rifles. Those are illegal for the average citizen.

Why? What does the TSA need with so many of that kind of weapons?

Signed,
Internet Thug

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CobaltGeorge 01/28/13 - 07:48 pm
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Personal Defense Weapon Not Assault Weapon To Some

Expanded on your post Harley..OK

The RFP describes the firearm as “Personal Defense Weapon (PDW) – 5.56x45mm NATO, select-fire firearm suitable for personal defense use in close quarters and/or when maximum concealment is required.” Additionally, DHS is asking for 30 round magazines that “have a capacity to hold thirty (30) 5.56x45mm NATO rounds.”

Republican New York state Sen. Greg Ball also issued a press release this week bringing attention to the weapons purchase request.

Calls made to DHS seeking information regarding whether or not the RFP was accepted and fulfilled were not immediately returned on Saturday.

Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Thursday introduced legislation that would enact a so-called “assault weapons” ban. The bill would ban more than 150 firearms and limit magazines to 10 rounds. There is no expiration date on Feinstein’s bill.

Critics of such a ban on semi-automatic rifles are already arguing that the government is showing its hypocrisy by essentially saying they are good “personal defense” for them, but not for American citizens. When civilians own semi-automatic rifles, they somehow become “assault weapons.”

That being said, it is reasonable for the Department of Homeland Security to request these rifles as they are indeed effective personal defense weapons. The agency is tasked with keeping Americans safe from those who wish to do the country harm, and its officials should be equipped with all the tools they need to do so effectively.

But what about Americans who want to keep themselves and their families safe from threats? Is a semi-automatic rifle unacceptable for a civilian’s “personal defense” in his or her home? According to some Democratic lawmakers, like Sen. Feinstein, it appears the answer is yes.

Just last week two students in Rochester, N.Y. scared off a pair of home intruders by simply brandishing an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. One of the students said he believes the weapon saved their lives.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/28/13 - 07:52 pm
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Do You Think

we have enough (Beyond A Reasonable Doubt) evidences to start Impeachment action against Our King SMNCICBHO, The Hammer & Sickle Man?

KSL
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KSL 01/28/13 - 08:14 pm
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Yes

Yes. But do any of those politicians have the guts or a clean enough record themselves to do so?

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 01/28/13 - 09:16 pm
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Constitution
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President Osama has disregarded our Constitution more than anyone in history. Many States have refused to enforce drug laws and he continues to send them our tax money. Many States tried to enforce our immigration laws and he threatened to withhold our tax money. Federal courts have recently ruled he violated the Constitution with appointments made improperly and he states he will not abide by their ruling. If he wants the States to uphold Federal law, the Federal government has to uphold its own laws.

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